Manabu Nakanishi, Jushin Thunder Liger & David Finlay vs. Hirai Kawato, Tomoyuki Oka & Katsuya Kitamura
Nice appetitems whetter on the preshow. Good move echanges and transitions ad enough to warm up the crowd.
Manabu Nakanishi, Jushin Thunder Liger & David Finlay vs. Hirai Kawato, Tomoyuki Oka & Katsuya Kitamura
Nice appetitems whetter on the preshow. Good move echanges and transitions ad enough to warm up the crowd.
Eddie Dennis vs Rob Lias
It’s been good to see the evolution of Rob Lias recently and this as a good showing against the pride of Wales. The match had some funny moments, some good spots and a good narrative that looks to further the evolution. A great starting match and one that was well placed on the card.
Dan Magee vs Gideon Grey
Recently I’ve been very impressed with the work of Gideon Grey, and I’ve also enjoyed Magee’s matches and ongoing feud with Lias, so I was hoping this would be a good Un. It was an enjoyable match that told a good story and built the mystery around Gideonas well as the Magee/Lias angle.
Jinny vs Toni Storm
It’s good to see RPW are finally taking women’s wrestling seriously and this is a serious match to book. Two of the best women on the independent circuit. This was a racking match that built both women’s character and story and certainly lifted the bar for the women’s division going forward
Zack Gibson and Josh Bodom vs Will Ospreay and Bubblegum
4 of my favourites on the RevPro roster in one epic tag match. Plenty of story telling, loads of spots and even though someweren’t as clean as they could have been.this was an excellent match that I very much enjoyed.
Martin Stone vs Luke Phoenix
Stone is someone I’ve enjoyed watching for years, and Luke is someone I’ve only ever seen once but who very much impressed me in that match. This was a good solid match. Worked well from both guys. Told.a great story and helped with the ongoing push of the guv’nor.
RJ Singh vs Sha Samuel
Two solid guys who put on a decent match that furthered a storyline and allowed both guys to showcase their abilities.
CCK vs Ryan Smile and Shane Strickland
The second cockpit showing a row that the tag titles took the main event, and rightly so given the quality that is currently residing in the RevPro tag division. This was a great main eventhing that told a great story and featured plenty of high spots. I think Ryan Smile could be the breakout star of 2017.
This is a big event from wXw with an incredible line up of talent this year.
Day 1 – The first round
Da Mack vs Cody Rhodes
Two talented guys with WWE history to kick things off. Great match, both guys looked great, told a good story and showed off what they can do. Got the crowd up for it but didn’t take it to a level that would be detrimental for those who came after. Perfect opener.
Marius Al-Ani vs JT Dunn
Not massively familiar with either guy buy very much enjoyed this match, well paced, build well and told a good.story. Great first round match.
Koji Kanemoto vs Timothy Thatcher
Another great first round match. Two brilliant technical wrestlers who used this proficiency at chain wrestling to get the narrative they wanted to tell across. There was also plenty of stuff looking strikes and a clever finish that left both looking mightily strong.
Ilga Dragunov vs The Avalanche Robert Driesker
Again this was twone guys I’d not seen before so I was excited to see how it panned out. Started at 100mph and didn’t let up. Enthralled me throughout. Another great first round match.
Donovan Dijak vs Matt Riddle
I’d never seen Dijak, but I’m certainly familiar with Riddle, who never seems to have a bad match. This match took it up a level. It was strange to see Riddle out sized and out muscled for big parts but he played that part well. Some great chain wrestling from both, clever transitions, stiff strikes and power moves. A great match and I hope to see much more of Dijak.
Paul London vs Bad Bones
Two wrestlers I’ve enjoyed watching before but was unsure how their styles would mesh. I thought they meshed pretty well. Match was good, told a good story, London put his all in. Bad Boned came out looking superhuman.
Speedball Mike Bailey vs ACH
Tso phenomenal wrestlers in this next match and what a match it was. Showcased just how brilliant both guys are. Fast, hard, athletic and at times high flying but with a great story where every move added something.
David Starr vs Walter
Two of my favourite’s facing off next in a fitting main event. This match was incredible from the get go and worked a great story around a David vs Goliath dynamic. Starr has to be in the conversation when it comes to the best in the world at the moment, and Walter is one of the best big guys around. This was the match of the night for me, no small feat given how awesome the whole show was.
If Day 1 was this good. How good will 2 and 3 be?!
Jeff Cobb vs Donovan Dijak
Two behemoths collided here in a match full of strength and power. However both guys have more than that in their arsenal a day the whole ra get was on show here. A very good way to open day 2.
QF Speedball Mike Bailey vs Matt Riddle
This match was fast, hard hitting, high flying and told an incredible story. These two are both phenomenal wrestlers and their styles fit perfectly together. I hope to see these two fight again and again and again.
QF Ilja Dragunov vs Timothy Thatcher
Another brilliant match. Two phenomenal technical wrestlers laying everything theh had on the line. Told a great story and showed impressive move sets.
QF Walter vs Marius Al-Ani
Another very enjoyable match. Walter is a beast and Marius a great opponent for him. Big moves, great story and plenty of high spots.
QF Cody Rhodes vs Bad Bones
This was an incredible match that left both guys looking massively strong. They put their all into the match and destroyed each other in a brutally physical encounter that told a great story and had plenty of high spots.
Koji Kanemoto vs Francis Kaspin
Good solid match from two great wrestlers. Certainly enjoyable, but not.as amazing as some on the card.
Shotgun Title: David Starr vs Absolute Andy vs ACH vs Paul London
Not one for the purists, and not a match that will.win many awards, but great fun. 4 talented guys who know how to play the crowd put in an excellent lighthearted match full of comedy and some heat spots. Very enjoyable and a nice light moment in what is a rather intense wrestling weekend.
JT Dunn vs Robert Dresser
Good solid short sharp match. Both guys got their stuff in and the crowd were into it.
wXw Unified World Championship Axel Dieter Jr vs Jurn Simmons
This match is one I’d been excited about for a while and the video package before it made me even more excited. It had a big match feel and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Two masters of their craft took us in a honey that was exciting, brutal and showed some technical brilliance. I hear ADJ may be WWE bound and I think he certainly has the skill set to succeed in the big time.
Bad Bones vs Ilja Dragunov – Semi Final
This was a great match that told a good story and managed to completely shock me. Bones had been booked as seemingly invincible throughout the tournament and this match and to see Ilja pick up the win was a shock, both guys left the match looking phenomenally strong and it certainly set the bar high for the night!
Walter vs Matt Riddle semi final
Another cracker of a match from this tournament. Another match that told a great story and left both guys looking incredibly strong. I think they have met in PROGRESS, or are due to, at end event I’m yet to see so I will look forward to that one.
Bobby Gunns vs Koji Kanemoto
A good solid match from two great competitors. I’m not entirelysure the premise.the commentators built about Kanemoto hating smoke was a solid story line, but the match was enjoyable nonthe less. Some great chain wrestling and an inventive pinning combination to win.
Tag Titles Gauntlet match
Well worked and good fun, all teams involved got their stuff in and got over. Nice swerve at the end when everyone thought it as over! Awesome ending.
David Starr vs Jurn Simmons vs Em Sitoci vs Cody Rhodes
Amazing promo exchange between Starr and Simmons at the start of the match. Great match, well worked and told a great story. Some awesome spots and an emotional finish. Superb all round.
Alpha Kevin vs Marius van Beethoven
This appeared to be the culmination of a former friends feud and as such was a no ropes match. This was an odd gimmick and I wasn’t sure it would work, but it really did.
JT Dunn and Donovan Dijak vs Speedball Mike Bailey and ACH
Excellent match. Loads of spots. Superb wrestling from all involved. Very enjoyable match from 4 amazing talents.
Walter vs Ilja Dragunov – Final
The main event of the weekend, the tournament final. A tough position to be in, needing to follow three full cards of amazing matches but it certainly managed it. It was full of amazing wrestling, tough brutal strikes, chops that drew blood, massive high spots and an incredible story. Perfect end to an amazing tournament. I need to get to Oberhausen next year.
Sami Callihan vs Jay White
Exciting match to be booked first up. Sami has been a top guy everywhere for years and Jay is one of the fastest rising stars. This was a great match, it told a great story and kept me enthralled throughout with some great outside of the ring work and amazing matt and submission work.
Martin Stone vs Jeff Cobb
Good solid match from two awesome wrestler’s. Great technical work on show from both and a good narrative throughout. Cobb is fast becoming a firm favourite of mine and Stone has been for years.
Gideon Grey vs Swoggle
This promised to be an instant classic for any comedy wrestling fans. It delivered on the entertainment value and didn’t go too long. Rather enjoyable.
Marty Scurll vs Ricochet
This match was incredible. It was fast paced, had plenty of high spots and some very funny moments. Great crowd interaction and some heartfelt promos to end it. I very much enjoyed this one.
Josh Bodom vs David Starr
Another amazing David Starr match, he is an incredible talent and Bodom was a great foil.for him. They told a great story though some amazing chain wrestling, some great high spots and perfectly executed false finishes. This was an instant classic.
Rey Fenix vs Will Ospreay
Seeing these two in a match is amazing. Two of the world’s premier high flyers ginger at it at pro wrestling’s biggest weekend. The match itself was very bit as a amazing as I imagined it would be. Full of flips and spins and everything lucha libre. It also told a great story and made both guys look incredible.
Shane Strickland and Ryan Smile vs Unbreakable F’N Machines
Two of the best high flyers around vs two of the biggest and strongest men in the industry. This meeting of contrasting styles could have gone either way and fortunately for all.of us it worked really well. A great story was told and all 4 guys got to play to their strengths and they all made me laugh.
Penta Zero M vs Zack Sabre Jr
Another quality match and a fitting end to the show. ZSJ never ceases to impress with his submissions and transitions. Penta is an excellent worker and the styles meshed well. Heel Zack is certainly something different and I’m enjoying this run.
Rob Lias vs Curtis Chapman
This squashed to match was a great way to continue the evolution of Rob Lias from honorable contender to main card heel. The subsequent run in from Dan Magee built well on their ongoing story and I look forward to seeing more.
Zack Gibson vs Eddie Dennis
Two of my favourite British wrestlers going head to head. Great promos from both to start then a well worked match that had everything: power moves, high flying, matt wrestling and comedy. Loved it.
David Starr vs Bubblegum
I had never heard of David Starr before he arrived at my local promotion in October for TCW vs CZW. I was blown away by how good he was and he seems to be a little bit better everytime I see him. Bubblegum has been around the UK scene for.a long while and I’ve seen him have great matches with lots of people, but this was probably my favourite match of his so far. I loved everything about it. It was amazing. Probably my match of the night, but that’s a tough call on what was probably the best independent show of the year so far. Certainly the best RevPro show.
Moustache Mountain vs Revolutionists
Another quality match. Interesting Dynamic with Sha and Castle and I look forward to that feud panning out. Great team spots, good story, good high spots and generally 4 talented guys going at it.
Dave Mastiff vs Jeff Cobb
Great power match. The highlight for me was some awesome suplexes that put even Lesnar and Angle to shame. Jeff Cobb is an amazing talent and I imagine he will be WWE bound very soon.
Jinny then came abd cut a great promo and had a good square off with Rhea O’Rilley. I hope this signifies a new dawn for RevPro as a good quality women’s division, or even programme, has been the only thing lacking.
Pete Dunne vs Ryan Smile
Another great match. Pete Dunne is one of the best in the world and I think Ryan Smile is on his way to join him. Great work from both and my favourite moment was a no sold Canadian destroyer, although I do worry about the cheapen in of that move. It looks amazing, but it’s used so often and by most people for false finishes (used at least twice on this card and not for a finish) that I fear it will lose its impact as a finisher.
Josh Bodom vs RJ Singh
Solid match. RJs return from retirement continues to impress me. Good heat for Josh and a postscript that set up a great build for an Orlando match with Starr.
Timothy Thatcher vs Matt Riddle
Great match. Good submissions hard strikes. These two are suberb stuff strikers and both know their way around the matt. The finish was one of the most painful submissions I think I’ve ever seen!
CCK vs Redman and Sterling
This was a brilliantly worked match that had be marking out left right and center. Some awesome work from all 4 guys, all of whom are supremely talented individuals. The false finish arena restart was brilliant and Chris Roberts played his part really really well. Very much enjoyed this one.
Sanity vs Roderick Strong, Tye Dillinger, Ruby Riot and Kasius Ohno
I’m not normally a massive fan of these multinational tag matches but this one came from a good story line and furthered it really well. The match was well.booked and gave all.involved a chance to.to show what they are all about on the big stage. Potential singles matches between Ohno and Dain, Ohno and Young, Strong and Young and Strong and Dain look very interesting. I’m excited to see the WWE careers of all involved progress.
Aleister Black vs Andrade Cien Almas
I was super stoked to see Tommy End in his new personal on the big stage and this match didn’t disappoint. A good way to announce his arrival to WWE and he certainly held some of his repetoire back so has a lot of places to go. Cien was a good foil and they worked well together. I look forward to seeing where they all go.
DIY vs The Revival vs The Authors of Pain
I was unsure how this one would pan out. I’ve been impressed by all three teams in the past but the idea of a triple threat elimination match including them all was a little hard to comprehend. When it came, however, I was blown away. The dynamic was brilliant. The DIY / Revival teaming up for bits, refusing tags to go and face AoP etc was great. It told a great atopy through out and included some awesome spots. I feel all the teams were elevated in this one. This was possibly my favourite match. Certainly in the top 2.
Asuka vs Ember Moon
This match was incredible. Two phenomenonally talented wrestler went out and put on a phenomenal match. It had some great psychology, some tough strikes and some great sequences. I very much enjoyed this and hope the feud continues a while longer.
Bobby Roode Vs Shinsuke Nakamura
Oh. My. Word. This was a sublime match. Their previous bout from San Antonio was one of my favourite ever matches and I did not think I would enjoy this as much, but in the end I think I enjoyed it more. Both guys are amazing wrestlers and great story tellers and their experience has really shown through in their feud. Their first match was great but this took it up a level and the referencesto match one just made it awesome for me. Probably my favourite match.
Bobby Roode is the real deal.and I think it’s a shame he hasn’t found his way to WWE earlier. Nakamura has masses of talent and culd be the biggest Japanese star the WWE has ever seen. It’s an exciting time for both of them. I hope to see much much mor of them.
This event was a slightly weaker looking card than usual due to a large part of the roster being over the pond in Orlando, this was reflected in a cheaper ticket price and the result was that I was able to see a few wresters I’ve not seen before.
Dara Diabolo vs Blake
I’ve seen Dara before, but Blake was an unknown quantity going in. When he appeared his sheer size was impressivery, and later in the match when he started flying around like a cruiserweight I was blown away by his agility. This match was a great opener. It set the tone for the ongoing story of The Service vs TCW, included some great mat and chain wrestling and some really funny comedy moments from both. I hope to see more of both guys.
Lil Miss Roxy vs Ruby Summers
This match was great, although a tad short. Ruby is an excellent wrestler who I feel is not at a stage where the bigger companies should be looking to get her in as she had honed her skills to perfection over recent years. Roxy is probably a little way off that stage but is already looking like a great wrestler.
It felt a bit weird having a heel from Leeds and a Face from Newcastle at a Leeds Show, but both wrestlers played their parts well. The match finished with a handshake, which I hope may signify a return to the face side for Ruby. A good match and I look forward to seeing where their stories go.
Dan Evans vs JD Boom
This match was great. The wretches worked the crowd well and both showed great wrestling skill.in a variety of styles. They also got well into the wrestlemania spirit with Rock Bottoms and Stone Cold Stunners being hit. I have been impressed with Evans heel work since he joined the service but I’d always thought of Boom as a pure comedy guy, in this match he showed that as well as being funny he is a skilled wrestler.
Matt Myers vs Gabriel Kidd
Myers last appearance in TCW was was back in September I think, but the crowd remembered him and got behind him when he came out. Kidd has been more recently and also got a great reaction. I thought we were going to see a face vs face match, but Myers went into heel mode jumping Kid before the match and shouting April fools.
They worked a great match and told a good story. Myers looks good as a heel, but he seems more naturally suited as a face to me. The match ended with a low blow and a heel turn from Kidd which added vastly to the dynamic and story. Kidd seems a very natural heel and I look forward to seeing where his story goes.
Wonderland vs Defend Pop Punk
I’d never seen Wonderland before and blimey are they a greedy set of fellas. It was quite a site to behold and they play their gimmick brilliantly. Defend Pop Punk are two young high flyers with bright futures and these two teams were perfect foils for each other. I hope both make plenty of Tidal returns.
Lana Austin vs Lizzie Styles
This match was a replay from the last Tidal show and was possibly even better than the first. Two great wrestlers who told a great story. There was a couple of heckles from the crowd during this one which were vulgar, sexist and very disrespectful towards the western and it lowered the tone and isn’t OK in this day and age. I hope these heckles become a thing of the last and I really hope they don’t make it to the next show which is billed as a family show.
Sons of Ulaid vs The Proven
The Proven are a great local team and it’s always fun to watch them and get behind them. I’d not seen Sins if Ulaid live before, but they are every bit as good as the reputation that precedes them suggests. This was a great match that involved some great tag psychology and some innovative double teams.
Sean Only vs CJ Banks
These two are both solid wrestlers and they put on a great main event. CJ Banks star is rising with a good showing on the WoS reboot and presumably a run on ITV in the offing. However the star of this match for me was Only.
I first saw Sean Only wrestle as a face, possibly for RISE, and the whole crowd got massively behind him. Watching him now as a heel he generates a real heat from the crowd. He wrestles in a more heel style and his crowd interaction is superb at generating even more heat. I see a big future for him.
The match was a solid main event, told a gear story in itself but also furthered the story of the service. I feel we are building for a big crescendo, possibly at High Tide.
Possibly not as good over all as some TCW shows, due to the missing stars, but given the lower ticket price at least equal, probably better, in the value for money stakes.
Every match had me enthralled and entertained.
Only slight criticisms would be a couple of matches seemed a little short and there was 3 low blow finishes in first 4 matches which felt a tad samey, but each did fit well in the context of the match.
Can’t wait til the next one.
This was a show with an amazingly stacked card and as such I had been looking forward to it massively. It says a lot about the roster that a show without Zack Sabre Jr, Marty Scurll, Dave Mastiff, The London Riots or Mark Haskins could be considered massively stacked, but such is PROGRESS in 2017.
British Strong Style vs South Pacific Power Trip
This was an incredible match that set the bar massively high. I could let believe that it was on first. It started with a heel heEl dynamic, but told a great story of SPPT slowly turning face and getting the crowd on side. I hope they continue with this. There was good interplay with the crowd, some funny segments, big high spots and just grear wrestling throughout.
Zack Gibson vs El Ligero
Two of my personal favourites. The most over heel vs arguably the most over face. This match had a 3ally funny.intro and some amazing comedy moments as well qs being full of incredible mat wrestling and high flying antics from ligs. Nathan Cruz arrived towards the end and looks to be furthering the Origin Prime vs Origin Banter feud that I hope includes ore Ligero vs Cruz matches. (Fingers crossed for the next Manchester chapter).
James Drake vs Jack Sexsmith
I expected this to be the weakest match in the card, not because I expected it to be bad, but rather because I expected the others to be better. I think it probably was the weakest? But I still very much enjoyed it. Drake works really well as a brutal heel and Sexsmith is an underdog who plays his part well. I feel he may be building to big things down the road.
Will Ospreay vs MAndrews
This as incredible. Will is known to be one of the best high flyers in the world but is showing a vastly different side in his current heel run. This worked well against Mark, who is probably the most naturally loveable baby face in history. The match had some awesome high spots and worked a great story. They managed to break the ring but continue to use it and not break the flow of the match.
Hunter Brothers vs Ringkampf
These two teams are great. The Hunters are a great high flying team a d Ringkampf are just phenomenal. Masses of technical ability complemented with superb strength and great psychology. This was a superb match. Axel Dieter Jr sells better with a single facial expressions than the vast majority of wrestlers in the business. They hooked me in, told a story and left me thirsty for more.
Nathan Cruz vs Flash Morgan Webster
Another great match, between two awesome wrestlers..Cruz heeling really well and Morgan looking to shed the last little bit of ring rust. They told a great story between them and I look forward to seeing them both again in the future.
Jinny vs Niton NEwell
Probablythe match I was looking forward to most. Two of the best wrestlers in the country going hammer and tongs, telling a great story and just beating the he’ll out of each other. I enjoyed it from start to finish and my only slight criticism is that it could have been longer.
Jimmy Havoc vs Pete Dunne
I’m not massively keen on hardcore matches, but I think they can have a place used sparingly which is how they are used in progress. Havoc is a king of the death match and it wasn’t a surprise that he got mental. Dunne showed that he can do them really well, as he can any wrestling style. I was hooked from the video package and didn’t look away throughout. Awesome match.
In gebed all. I really enjoyed it..possible the best event I’ve bee to, certainly the top few. I’d say the first half may have been slightly better but overall.I loved it all. Can’t wait for next time.
Chapter 3 of White Rose Wrestling is in the books and @chimerarouge and @atlaswrestling have lots of great conversation about all that’s happened in the world of pro wrestling over the last 4 weeks or so.
This time we discussed (start times in brackets):
WWE – including Fastlane, the road to Wrestlemania and the Hall of Fame class of 2017 (0:00)
PROGRESS Chapter 44 – Old Man Yells at Cloud (17:30)
New Japan Pro Wrestling – including Honor Rising and the 45th Anniversary show (27:00)
RevPro – Live at Portsmouth 7 and Live at the Cockpit 14 (39:00)
Tidal Championship Wrestling – Wipeout – A local promotion doing well! (44:00)
ICW Fight Club Tour – Leeds (50:00)
CZW 18th Anniversary show (57:00)
Ring of Honor – including Manhattan Mayhem and 15th Anniversary (1:00:00)
Promotion Focus – in which Atlas talks Melbourne City Wrestling (1:05:00) and Chimera talks Pro Wrestling Guerilla (1:08:00)
Wrestling Podcasts (1:11:00)
Controversies – Including PCW and the Hardy Boys (1:16:00)
Listener questions, top 3 moments and matches (1:20:00)
ICW have been at the forefront of the resurgence in the British wrestling scene over the past decade or so and the work they have put in has ensured the whole scene thrived. Their Fear and Loathing show last year topped 6000 attendance wise, which would have been unheard of for a non WWE event a fee years ago. It’s run well, they have some great Scottish talent and are using the nest English guys too. They do bring in some imports, especially for the bigger shows, but they do it in a way that supplements their full time roster rather than detracts from it.
This was the first ICW event I’d been able to attend in person, but it certainly won’t be the last as I really enjoyed it. I’m not massively sure how it work’s, buy I guess the first half was the taping for 1 show and the aecond half the taping for another
Kenny Williams v Martin Kirby
The first match pitted the ever entertaining Kenny Williams against Yorkshire man Martin Kirby. The crowd were massively behind the their countyman but also showed Kenny some love. The match was massively entertaining from start to finish and was a perfect way to kick off proceedings.
Polo Promotions vs The Purge
This was an excellent tag match featuring 4 great wrestlers. The Purge put some great heel tag team wrestling together cutting off the ring and the such. Jackie and Mark fought back and this match just told a great story. Another great match.
Aaron Echo v Davey Blaze
This was a decent match from 2 solid workers. Some great heel.work from Blaze who gained some great heat from the crowd.
Lana Austin vs Viper
This was a classic David vs Goliath story told really well, Lana worked her own great story throughout with Viper playing her part to perfection. I very much enjoyed this one and hope to see them feud on.
Wolfgang vs Jack Jester
The first half main event, so presumably the main event of the first taping. This was a solid match from 2 very accomplished workers. They told a great story and included some real high spots. Great match and as a good end to the first show.
Joe Hendry vs Liam Slater
This was a match I had been massively looking forward to. Two phenomenal talents who can tell great stories and put of great matches. This match exceeded my already high expectations and was quite possibly the matchbox the night for me. I’d love to see these guys go at it again.
Dave Mastiff vs Joe Coffey
This was an encounter that pitted two behemoths against each other. It started well but Mastiff picked up a leg injury. He continued the match through obvious pain and they still managed to put on an entertaining match.
Rampage Brown and Ashton Smith vs Layton Buzzard and Michael Parks
Here we had a squash match to show how destructive the team of Smith and Brown are. They looked incredible in the time they were in the ring and are massively focused. I hope to see more of this team and think their upcoming match with Bird and Boar will be awesome.
Trent Seven vs Pete Dunne vs Chris Renfrew vs BT Gunner
This was a great match. There are two alliances at play here that were played on rally well throughout, there was some great story telling and some awesome spots. This was the other match of the night contender.
The event overall was massively enjoyable and I think will translate to two brilliant editions if Fight Club. It was structured in a way that neither show will get samey and both will build in intensity. I can’t wait for ICW to tour again!